Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach by Kelly Robson

Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach

Discover a shifting history of adventure as humanity clashes over whether to repair their ruined planet or luxuriate in a less tainted past.In 2267, Earth has just begun to recover from worldwide ecological disasters. Minh is part of the generation that first moved back up to the surface of the Earth from the underground hells, to reclaim humanity's ancestral habitat. She's spent her entire life restoring river ecosystems, but lately the kind of ...


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TitleGods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach
Author
Release DateMar 13th, 2018
PublisherTor.com
LanguageEnglish
GenreScience Fiction, Time Travel, Novella, Fiction, Fantasy
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Reviews Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach

  • Justine
    2018-04-02
    3.5 stars rounded upA very interesting novella. At the outset I felt like the worldbuilding was a bit of a combination of too much detail about some things and not enough about others. The characters, however, were quite wonderful right from the start.About the halfway point things smoothed out for me, and once the time travel happened I loved the entire portion spent in the past. That ending though, what? I want some more please :)
  • Lata
    2018-04-07
    3.5 stars. Great mix of elements in a future post-environmental destruction, with habitats, different generations of humans (that’s not a good description of the differences based on those born during plague years and those born much more healthy afterwards), projects to rebuild portions of the environment, and time travel. And a fabulous book cover. And an older female protagonist. And, a story that begins in a future Canada! This is a story w...
  • Leo Robertson
    2018-03-15
    Fascinating, imaginatively dense and highly compelling sci-fi novella about time-travelling ecological preservation projects? For sure!Since Robson is evidently a devourer of sci-fi, this reads like a story for sci-fi devourers. The details come thick and fast at the beginning in simple enough language--habitats are "habs", "bioms" monitor health, "whispering" is like telepathy (right?), there are "bots" helping out around the peach orchard, the ...
  • Lindsay
    2018-04-08
    A novella that starts in the future with a small cast of environmental remediation specialists working in Calgary, Canada after a global ecological apocalypse, and then heads into the distant past for a time travel mission to ancient Mesopotamia.Our main character is Minh, pictured in the amazing cover art, is a "plague baby", one of a generation of humans born into incredible hardship. In Minh's case she has no lower limbs and uses an octopus-li...
  • Rachel (Kalanadi)
    2018-02-14
    I loved this! Video review: https://youtu.be/FxroXhPmqzk(Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a digital ARC.)
  • Rina
    2018-04-04
    3 stars- I liked it.Kelly Robson has created a unique world in Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach. The concept, prosthetic limbs help create mutants who travel back in time to an early river civilization, kept my interest throughout this novella. Even though I thoroughly enjoyed the world building in this story, I did not find myself too emotionally involved with the characters. With that being said, I think I will read future works by this auth...
  • Sara Saif
    2018-03-25
    This is the kind of science-fiction that makes you feel stupid. And confused. And sleepy. Mercifully, it was short. "Minh drove into project management mode. She wanted to skim through TERN's project protocol information and then focus on further refining her work plan using whatever historical information she could get access to. But the project protocol docs were tedious, with hour upon hour of real-time content. Summarizing and scanning ahead ...
  • daisy
    2018-03-16
    Review also posted over at my reading blog. (It's still very new and 'under construction' in terms of the layout/content/links, so keep that in mind!)Now, I don't have the best track record when it comes to novellas, short stories and short fiction. They inevitably leave me wanting more - and not always in a good way! Having said that: I really enjoyed Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach and mostly because it was so unlike anything else I've read...
  • Lucille
    2018-01-24
    4,5/5This was very good!! I'll write a longer review to explain why closer to release date! A note: - a character is asexual, with the word being used!- but the way the text references it later on gives the wrong idea: being asexual does not mean not being interested in romance, asexuality and aromanticism aren't the same thing
  • Lilyn G. (Scifi and Scary)
    2018-01-20
    There's a lot to unpack in Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach and I would be lying if I said that I figured out everything with my first read through. Robson doesn't tell you everything, and I appreciate that. Instead, Robson gives you the bones of the story, and you're left to flesh out the rest of it on your own. And you can't just accept everything at face value, either. There's some information you'll only clue into if you google it (or you'...
  • Kam
    2018-02-20
    Review based on an #arc given to me for free by Tor.Com Publishing. It is scheduled for release on March 13, 2018.Man, but this was a fun read. The characters are wonderful to read about (I love Kiki and Minh), and though it takes a while to really get into the worldbuilding, once you grasp it it's a really well-built, well thought-out world that projects a future that might not be too long in coming if we keep on going down the road we're on rig...
  • Alexandra
    2017-12-28
    Did your brain go totally Roald Dahl when you saw the title? Mine did. Anyway, this novella was sent to me by the publisher, Tor.com, at no cost. It will be available for you to read from 13 March, 2018 (which is this year!). Somehow, don't ask me how, I managed not to read "The Waters of Versailles," Robson's highly regarded short story from... last year? The year before? I don't know how I managed not to read it, given everyone else was raving...
  • Mike
    2018-03-22
    3.25 out of 5 starsThis is a compelling little story that drops you into a future where ecological disasters have ravaged the Earth and time travel is now a possibility. I wasn’t quite sure what was going on in the first several chapters, but things are made more clear as time passes. The interplay between the chapter epigraphs and the main narrative was a really great feature that I enjoyed puzzling out.As a setting, ancient Mesopotamia provid...
  • Jeffe Kennedy
    2018-02-17
    A gorgeous, thoughtful story about environmental consultants of the future, waging a battle to restore damaged ecosystems by traveling to the past. This possible future is detailed and richly imagined. My favorite of Robson's stories so far.
  • Erin
    2018-04-03
    Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach is a slower moving novella. There’s a far amount of the book that is focused putting together the research project. It’s realistic. Research proposals and plans are time consuming. It took me a little bit to get hooked but the research proposal planning section was really great for seeing the character’s history and dynamics. You are thrown right into the world at the start and it takes a while for some o...
  • Mark
    2018-03-18
    This novella (approximately 40,000 words) is set in a post-apocalyptic future where humanity have mostly retreated below ground to avoid climatic disaster, with a few people working above ground on new ways to live. In this we meet Minh, an old scientist who has lived through the darkest plague years and ended up with 6 tentacular legs. She’s worked her whole life on allowing humanity to try to live aboveground in domes, and to some extent can...
  • Andreas
    2018-03-21
    On a future Earth only just recovering from massive ecological disaster and plague, the technologically advanced but environmentally constrained remnants of humanity dwell in overground habs and underground "hells". Information technology and augmented reality is pervasive. A form of granular capitalism controls the economy, with contracts and debts giving structure. In this context, fluvial restoration specialist Minh is given an opportunity to ...
  • Jordi
    2018-03-21
    Aunque puede llegar a ser tan críptica como el título, me ha parecido simplemente brillante. En la superficie es una novela de ciencia ficción de viajes en el tiempo con un trasfondo ecológico, pero la trama es casi realmente lo de menos. Es la frescura con que está escrita, es el wordbuilding que hace que tanto el futuro como el pasado te resulten completamente ajenos, son los personajes, es la tensión narrativa que tiene. Es que está muy...
  • Astra Astrid
    2018-03-31
    I love Kelly Robson. I read all her short stories when they were posted for free, then went and bought them when they went up for sale. As far as I know, I've read everything she's written, and loved every word.This book, despite the odd title (which totally makes sense for the story) is no exception. It's wonderful. She takes a considerably unoriginal trope - time travel - and writes a unique story about it.I really like Ms Robson's turns of phr...
  • Marielle Armstrong
    2018-03-31
    Loved it! I need to reread it before I can enumerate its excellences!
  • Tina
    2018-03-21
    A sci-fi novella with an awesome old lady protagonist, time travel and environmental remediation being handled in a realistic way? Hells ya this book was awesome. Awesome.
  • Sam
    2018-02-07
    Huge thank you to Raincoast for this ARC!4.5Walking around the Ontario Library Association Super Conference, I tend to pick up a lot of random titles. While I was stopping over at Raincoast, Kelly Robson was beginning to sign her latest, Gods, Monsters and the Lucky Peach. I had zero idea what it was about and I had to know what tis "lucky peach" was. I also didn't realize that Kelly Robson was married to a sci-fi author I love, A.M Dellamonica.T...
  • Kend
    2018-03-26
    Kelly Robson's Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach makes a fine addition to this new and wild little canon. On many levels, it might seem as though Robson has indeed pushed the envelope a little too far to support even the greatest suspension of disbelief, but there's something to respect, too, about a book which asks us to try a little harder—to understand, to relax into the unwinding. By this I'm referring to the first third or so of the nove...
  • Sasia Da Silva
    2018-04-02
    So I liked this book for the most part, however at some parts found it tedious to read. Oddly I don’t think for the same reasons as many of the others who reviews (probably because I read it as an e-book and when I saw Jargon could look it up) . My main gripes being with the lack of description. Everything was kind of vague when it came to how things looked, or how they were placed in relation to the world. I understood how everything worked te...
  • Jennifer
    2018-03-22
    The past is another country; we want to colonize it.I just finished the last page and said “wow” out loud. Original environmental sci-fi centered around the concept of ecological remediation via time travel (not in the sense of “let’s fix the past to magically fix the present”, but in the “collection and observation of past-state data that would be then used to attempt ecological restoration in present-time” sense), featuring charac...
  • Frogqueen
    2018-03-17
    Lots of good stuff, very fast but packed tightly with world building and enough character to get me to invest deeply in the stor(y/ies). I have described it as Ecotopia mashed into Taylor’s St. Mary’s books through a lens a little reminiscent of Maureen McHugh. Which is not totally inaccurate.My one personal beef is a line where the story appears to confound Akkadian and Sumerian... and it doesn’t matter. This is a story about people and so...
  • Jeremy Brett
    2018-03-27
    Kelly Robson's first published print novella (although it is only the latest of her beautiful body of work) is wonderful in its ability to wrap complex and thoughtful worldbuilding, characters with real emotional weight, time travel adventure, and, yes, project planning and management, all into a compact narrative package. "Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach" is a dazzling display of Robson's ability to write interesting characters and gripping ...
  • Bentgaidin
    2018-04-07
    An interesting time-travel story -- after the world's ecology has collapsed, the discovery of time travel has stalled efforts to rebuild. A trip to the ancient past offers a chance to study and replicate Earth's lost fertility, but the powers that run the world might be more interested in a quick profit than in a long, slow recovery. This wrestles with some standard time-travel problems, such as how much it matters if we 'change' the past, or if ...
  • Keira
    2018-04-13
    I really enjoyed the world that Kelly Robson built and wish that we could have delved into it a bit more. There were glimpses of a history that I would like to know more about, and a future that was equally interesting. I liked how the end and the beginning of the story were written about almost in parallel until they met. The end of the book had me wishing for a bit more information - I wanted to know what happened afterwards. But I think this j...
  • Ryan Trepanier
    2018-03-31
    This is a fun time travel story. However, my biggest complaint is that story doesn't start until half way through. For a novella, this is quite long and really didn't need to be that long. There was a lot of exposition that didn't serve the story, but rather just the art of "world building". It was world building for the sake of it though, and really not needed. Which is disappointing, because when you get down to the actual narrative, it's an in...